- Born: 19 Apr 1592, Great Bromley, E, England
- Marriage: Margaret Garred on 20 Jul 1617 in Nayland, Suffolk, England
- Died: 30 Nov 1672, Cambridge, Massachusetts at age 80
This line goes back in Great Bromley, Essex, to 1265.
Historical conditions driving the great migration.
During latter hlaf of reign of Elizabeth, spread among some Protestants a spirit of aesceticism and desire for simpler forms of religoius worship. Known as Puritans. incrased rapidly in numbers, principally among the best element of the great middle class, and esp in Essex and Suffolk.
Two thirds of the colonists were from Suffolk and Essex and adjoining counties.
But to secure religious freedom was not the sole cause of this migration. Most of the land in England was owned by a small landed class, descended from the Norman feudal nobility and manorial lords, of whom the yeomen were obliged to take leases at high rentals. A corrupt and incompetent government and profligate court had brought the countyr to great industrial distress, poverty among the masses, and curshing taxation. Spirit of democracy rising against divine right of kings.
Records show Deacon Simon Stone, brother of Deacon Gregory, brought his fmaily to New England in ship Increase in spring 1635. No record of vessel that brought Deacon Gregory and family. Came in 1635, bringing second wife Lydia, six children. At first located with brother Simon in Watertown MA. There he held five parcels totally 65 acres.
Must have joined Watertown church promptly as he was made a freeman on 25 May 1636 and church membersip was a prerequisite. Only freemen could vote and hold office; only orthodox allowed any part in the government. 1658/9 Gregory Stone termed a deacon of this church, family in full communion, save John Stone now at Sudbury.
Gregory married Margaret Garred, daughter of Thomas Garred (Garrard) and Christian Frenda, on 20 Jul 1617 in Nayland, Suffolk, England. (Margaret Garred was born on 5 Dec 1597 and died on 4 Aug 1626.)